“Restored suggest Carbon”… Even for a 1970s Nissan Skyline? This Hakosuka gets dragged into the 21st century with some high tech clothes…
The nostalgic car scene is very much alive and well in Japan, with the Japan Classic Car Association having recently held its Fuji Jamboree in April at Fuji Speedway. Something else that seems to be growing in popularity amongst the classic car fraternity is carbon bodywork, with companies like Restored making all manner of parts to replace those heavy and rust-prone originals.
‘M-san’ owns this C10 Nissan Skyline Coupe with carbon bonnet, front fenders, doors and trunk which he says noticeably affected the handling giving the car a more ‘darty’ feel, almost like it was a much newer car. At over $5,000 for the carbon panels it almost seems a waste that he’s since painted them body colour… nostalgic car enthusiasts will probably applaud his decision to do so though.
Restored cater for all makes of Japanese cars, specializing in everything from – of course – Carbon and FRP panels to full ground up restorations. As the President Seiji Inata says, “After being quoted 800,000 yen for a one-off set of carbon doors for my C110 Kenmeri, I knew straight away I could do it cheaper myself. So out of my own hobby Restored was born.”
Restored is situated in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, in western Japan.
Text: Justin Karow